Work stops on centre and hall

Work on upgrading Medina Hall has come to a standstill. d393945
Work on upgrading Medina Hall has come to a standstill. d393945

Work has stopped on both sites while the city works with lawyers, insurers and administrators to determine the best course of action.

The City of Rockingham was forced to manage the construction its $1 million Kent Street Arts Centre after its own builder also went into administration.

The project was due for completion in October, 2012, but was significantly delayed and didn’t open for its first exhibition until May.

The $3.6 million Bertram Community Centre was due to be completed in late 2013.

Last July the council voted to allocate an extra $1 million on its initial estimates after all tendered prices came in significantly over the city’s planned budget.

It awarded the tender to Gavin Construction, with chief executive Neil Hartley to do further negotiations on the price.

The Medina Hall redevelopment was due to be completed last month, but the $1.75 million project stalled after damage by termites was found to be worse than first thought.

Kwinana Mayor Carol Adams said there would be setbacks to the original schedules.

‘Gavin Construction has been a strong and reliable building company for many years; their most recent project undertaken for the city was the Thomas Kelly Pavilion in 2010,’ she said.

‘At the time the tenders for both current projects were awarded, the city carried out its due-diligence including financial checks of the company, but in the current building industry climate companies can run into unforseen difficulties very quickly.’

The city has employed a security company to deter theft from the sites, but Cr Adams asked residents to help ensure that vandals and opportunists did not try to take items.

Any suspicious behaviour should be reported to Ranger Services on 9439 0200 or police on 131 444.

Cr Adams said updates would be provided to the community when they were available.